Safety Tips For New Riders
Riding a motorcycle is fun. However, this is not something new to anyone who has already rode on one. To add, this is also more dangerous than driving a car. The reality is that a motorcyclist is thirty times likely to be in an accident based from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHS).
The number is way scarier for old age riders. Due to their weaker eyesight, slower reflexes, brittle bones and other similar causes, riders who are more than sixty in age are thrice likely to get hospitalized after getting in a crash as compared to young ones.
Still, there are many motorcyclists who’ve enjoyed riding without injuries. To optimize the odds, preparation is key to avoid the risks.
Below are some tips for safety in motorcycles.
Wear the proper gear
A t-shift, jeans and sandals are the perfect recipe for a very painful disaster while on a bike. Instead, make sure to wear gear protecting you from flying bugs, debris, wind chill or road rash in case you slide out. The best protection is offered by gloves, reinforced jackets, full pants and footwear that goes over the ankle. A specially designed jacket with rugged padding plus breathable mesh material give protection and ventilation during the warm weather. You also need an effective protection for the eyes. Goggles or a helmet visor is helpful. Also, pick a gear with bright colours.
The Centre for Urban Transportation Research of the University of South Florida found in a study that collisions usually involve a car and a motorcycle. Sixty percent of those times, the car drivers were liable. This means that extra alertness is needed such as those times when cars pull out from the side streets or those that immediately change lanes. Also, keep a safe distance and don’t tailgate.
Sharpen your skills
John Seidel from Honda bikes advises to look for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding class within your area. This MSF class teaches basic to advanced techniques. Some are free, while some will cost up to $350. The MSF website has a list of 2,700 locations for the courses in the United States.